Manchester City Council has sent a letter of support to it’s Chinese sister city, Wuhan, following an outbreak of Coronavirus.
The leader of the council Sir Richard Leese has written
Dear Mayor Zhou,
”I am writing to express our support to our esteemed sister city of Wuhan during this difficult time due to the emerging public health issues presented by the outbreak of Coronavirus.
Our thoughts are with the families and relatives of all of those affected by the virus in the city of Wuhan and beyond.
We understand that this already difficult situation will have been amplified by the preparations already underway to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Rat.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and all our colleagues in Wuhan a happy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to continuing and developing the relationship between Wuhan and Manchester in 2020 and beyond.”
There are currently 1,287 confirmed cases in China, 41 of whom have died.
It comes as China begins celebrations of the Lunar New Year, one of the most important dates in its calendar.